I don’t say this lightly – I consider this book to be hands down the best.graphic.novel.ever. (for girls and boys ages 5-8).
The book is Zita The SpaceGirl and from the minute any child picks it up, they will be sucked in. I credit this book with converting my 6 year old from a kid that saw reading as an intensive task into an insatiable reader. The book combines fantastic illustration, a compelling story and quirky characters. Oh and I almost forgot – and the hero is a girl who saves the day.
Here’s the gist:
Curiosity gets Zita and her sidekick, Joseph, in more than a little trouble. In fact, it gets them zapped all the way across the universe (not a great day for Z and J). What do they do? Zita must band together with a bunch of strange creatures to save Joseph from DEATH. Author Ben Hatke writes an old-school sci-fi adventure that is exciting enough to read in one sitting and engaging enough for at least my kid to keep coming back for more.
Recommended for Moms / Aunts / Uncles who want to get a child on the path to reading or introduce science fiction and appear completely dialed in with geek culture (it’s cool now).